August 12, 2012

Nectarine Blossom Photo

Nectarine belongs to the Rose family, along with the cherry, apricot, plum and almond. Nectarine Blossoms are just as gorgeous as Cherry Blossoms, yet their blossoms are larger with more saturated pink, and they seem hardier than their delicate sisters.

In order to tell the story of the Nectarine, we first must tell the story of the Peach tree, because Nectarines are a relatively young species. Wild Peaches, however, originated back to 2.6 million years ago in China (archaeologists have found peace tree fossils that old!). Peach trees began being cultivated by humans around 2000 B.C. in China, and they were (and still are) known as a symbol for long life.

peach tree

Chinese believe Peach trees to have more vitality than any other tree, because the blossoms burst out before the leaves sprout. Peach wood and carved pits were carried as amulets to protect one’s life and health, and Peach wood was said to keep evil spirits away. In Korea, the same belief is upheld, and therefore Peaches are not placed on altars to honor their deceased ancestors, as they believe they’ll be scared away. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, peach pits are used for reducing inflammation, allergies and breaking up stagnant blood in the body.

How is the Nectarine related to the Peach? As one of my all-time favorite fruits, the Nectarine is like a miracle plant, having grown spontaneously as a bud sport (an offshoot with different genetics) from the Peach tree. The only difference is that Peaches have a dominate gene for fuzzy skin, while in Nectarines the fuzzy skin gene is recessive. Both the fruits of Nectarines (and Peaches) can be white or yellow, with either freestones or clingstones, referring to the pit in the center and how easy it is to dislodge it from the fruit.

Nectarine on teal wood

Though their fruits are symbols of long life, the tree has a relatively short lifespan. In North America, it ranges from 7-12 years, with the tree able to bear fruit after about three years. But what a beautiful tree to plant in your yard! Then you’ll have ten or more summers full of rich, sweet Nectarines!

Nectarines are a good source of potassium and contain vitamins A and C, and if you enjoying cooking, their flavors blend well with other stone fruits like almonds, cherries, apricots, plums, as well as ginger, honey, pistachios.

nectarine cocktail lotuswei

The GOLDWIRE blog featured us in a cocktail made with Nectarines/Peaches and five-spice syrup. It can be made into mocktail (my favorite since I don’t drink alcohol!) by omitting the liquor and adding a bit more tonic water. Check it out – the photos are gorgeous.

Nectarine flower on green

The Nectarine flower elixir is for those times when we feel under attack or criticized. Nectarine blossom is the antidote when we are in an uncomfortable environment: when others’ words are harsh or jarring, when we’re in an inflammatory situation, or when the people around us don’t have our best interest at heart.

Nectarine Blossom

Nectarine flower helps us transition from feeling a lack of safety (emotional, physical or otherwise) to feeling that we are among friends. It dissolves the desire to want to crawl into a protective shell and escape, and magnifies our desire to reach out to people and engage in some kind of service. It awakens a desire to do nice things for others and encourages sweet words, all of which transforms our environment. It enhances gentleness and softness and attracts the same from others around us. It fosters an atmosphere of camaraderie and friendliness. It heals a broken heart and fills us with love.

Experience the magic of the Nectarine Blossom!


{Dissolves} sensing that you are not in a supportive environment; feeling under attack; wanting to crawl under the covers; desire to retreat and isolate; perspective that you are in a malevolent environment; hatred, annoyance; broken heart; neck pain or tension

{Magnifies} sweet words, kindness, desire to be of service, sense that everyone around you has benevolent intentions, camaraderie, friendliness, gentleness, softness of character, attracting the same; wholeness and strength of heart

Love + flower petals,




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